Building Inspector

 

DATE:    May 18, 2015

JOB TITLE:  Building Inspector
DEPARTMENT:  Community Development
DIVISION:  Building Inspections
IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR:  Building Official
DIRECTION OF OTHERS:  None

NATURE OF WORK:  Review construction drawings and inspect construction to assure compliance with applicable local, state and federal codes, laws and ordinances.

Duties / Responsibilities:

WORK PERFORMED/AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:

I.  Inspect construction installations to insure compliance and conformance to applicable codes, laws and ordinances.

II.  Identify and minimize risks and liabilities associated with construction projects and  refer potential problems or issues to a supervisor or design professional.
            
III.  Identify violations, identify options for compliance, and select the best options for correcting violations.

IV.  As directed by the Building Official, review submitted construction documents for content and accuracy prior to permit issuance.

V.  Record and maintain office files relative to inspection and plan review activities.

VI.  Perform other job related duties as needed and directed.

EXTENT AND TYPE OF INTERACTION WITH THE PUBLIC:

I.  Provide concise and accurate verbal and written communication with contractors, designers, developers and the general public in a timely professional manner.

  • Advise and assist contractors, developers, designers and the general public in matters relative to construction and code application.
  • Assist other city departments as needed and directed in a team effort to provide quality city services.

REQUIRED LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS AND REGISTRATIONS:

I. Must possess and be able to maintain a valid Class D Minnesota driver’s license.

II. MN State certification in building inspections required within one year of hire.
 

EQUIPMENT AND TOOL USE AND OPERATION:

I. Employee must be capable of operating miscellaneous tools and equipment relative to this position which shall include but not limited to motor vehicles, communication equipment, computers, copy machines, fax machines, measuring equipment, leveling devices and calculators.
 

Qualifications:

REQUIRED EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE: 

High school graduate or equivalent degree and one of the following:

  • At least five years of work experience in a recognized construction trade.
  • Possess a current MN Building Official Limited Certificate.
  • Two years’ experience conducting construction inspections while under the supervision of a Minnesota designated building official.
     

PREFERED QUALIFICATIONS:

-Two years of construction plan reading.
-Code enforcement experience.
-Completion of a Building Inspection Technology program at an accredited institution.
 

Hours of Work/Physical and Mental Demands:

HOURS OF WORK AND WORKING CONDITIONS:

I.  The normal work day is between 8:00 am. to 5:00 pm., Monday through Friday with overtime as needed and directed.

II.  Office environment and construction job site environment. Job performance at  construction sites may include walking, climbing, bending and crawling in an environment which may include exposure to the natural elements and external temperatures, dust, insects, construction debris, noise, construction equipment and other conditions normally found at construction sites.

III.  As approved by the Director of the Department and the Building Official and based on the availability of funds, continuing education and technical training will be provided to ensure a competent level of ability to perform the duties of this position and to allow for the maintenance of licenses and certifications.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act the following represents the Physical and Environmental Demands:  This position requires an equal amount of time spent standing, walking, and sitting.  Lifting, pushing/pulling, or carrying objects weighing up to twenty-five (25) pounds is sometimes required, with a maximum of seventy-five (75) pounds infrequently required.  Climbing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, twisting, and bending are sometimes required.  Repetitive movements of the hands are sometimes required.  Audio, visual, and verbal functions are essential functions to performing this position.  The majority of the workday is spent outdoors.